Wu Guanzhong (吳冠中), important Chinese painter and a rare talent who really understood Chinese and Western art, passed away yesterday in Beijing. He was 91.
Mr. Wu, an engineer by training, studied painting at the National Arts Academy of Hanzhou and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. He was the first Chinese to be made an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Hong Kong was home to Mr. Wu for many years and the Hong Kong Museum of Art is home to many of his paintings. I hope the museum will very soon show his paintings in an exhibition.